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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#31: 30 NOVEMBER 2018 Paresh Baruah’s ULFA: Signs of Revival  Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract ULFA-Independent, which seeks independence of India’s northeastern state of Assam, and operates from its camps located in the ungoverned spaces of Myanmar, is on a comeback trail. Headed by veteran rebel leader Paresh Baruah, ULFA has not only executed […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#24: 27 APRIL 2018 Five Nations Railway Corridor Project: Increasing Connectivity & Chinese Dominance in Afghanistan Bibhu Prasad Routray & Sayantan Haldar – Abstract The Five Nations Railway Corridor (FNRC) is yet another connectivity project sought to be implemented in Afghanistan and has been embraced as an a potential game changer for […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#26: 08 MARCH 2018 India’s Maldives Policy: Is it a ‘Grenada moment’? Sanjay Kapoor – Abstract Maldives, which is famous for its high-end Indian Ocean resorts, has become a scene of strategic contestation between India and China. This situation has been leavened by Maldivian President Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who is trying to […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA BRIEF#25: 23 FEBRUARY 2018 Stock-taking China Pakistan Economic Corridor Sayantan Haldar – Abstract The China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a flagship project under China’s emergent Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Hailed as one of the most investment heavy projects that China is undertaking as a part of its BRI, CPEC has […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#19: 14 NOVEMBER 2017 Changing Dynamics of India-China Relations post-Doklam Standoff       – Shanthie Mariet D’Souza – Abstract The Doklam standoff appears to have unveiled a new era of India’s China policy. Does this standoff mark a turning point in their relationship or will it be a continuation of the status […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#15: 04 JULY 2017 China’s New Game in India’s Northeast      – Bibhu Prasad Routray – Abstract Could China be drastically altering its policy with regard to insurgency movements in India’s northeastern region? A series of developments point at that direction. To blunt India’s assertive postures under the BJP-led government, Beijing […]

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Email Tweet – MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#10: 28 SEPTEMBER 2016 Economic Impact of OBOR on Afghanistan   Nivedita Jayaram – Abstract Afghanistan has been presented a tremendous opportunity for economic development through the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) initiative, which will help it overcome bottlenecks to economic development through investment in transportation, energy and telecommunications infrastructure. Afghanistan’s advantageous […]

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Email Tweet MANTRAYA SPECIAL REPORT#04: 11 MARCH 2016 Expanding Chinese Infrastructure on the Indian border – Jhinuk Chowdhury  – Abstract Three key focus areas of China’s massive infrastructure build up along the Sino-Indian border  are: integrating the border region to Chinese mainland, accessibility to the Line of Actual Control (LAC), and strengthening counter offensive capabilities. This […]

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Email Tweet – MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#08: 17 DECEMBER 2015 Road to the Dragon: Overcoming Challenges to the Wakhan Corridor   Boh Ze Kai – Abstract Product of an 1894 treaty to separate the Russian Empire from British India, the Wakhan Corridor is a thin panhandle in North Afghanistan. The Emirs of Badakhshan once leveraged on the […]

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Email Tweet – MANTRAYA ANALYSIS#07: 30 NOVEMBER 2015 Maldives: Helping China counter American design  Jhinuk Chowdhury – Abstract Strategically located Maldives plays an important role in alternative maritime routes that China is seeking to build through initiatives like One Road One Belt. Much of Beijing’s growing assertion in the Indian Ocean is projected towards the US centric […]

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